Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,402 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,402
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 482 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/4" head of mixed off white to light yellow bubbles of mixed size. The head was pretty active at first and then faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is already a bit of lacing left on the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is much more earthy than anything I suspected. It has a grassy quality to it along with a minty note that oddly enough, reminds me of some herbal products that are illegal in some countries. I don't get a ton of yeasty esters, which is very welcome for me, but the beer is getting spicier as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is interesting. There is more bitter bite than I thought would be there from the aroma. The hops, while a pretty big player in the flavor, are an unusual blend to say the least. They impart a grassy note in the flavor, but less mint than the aroma. There is a dry chalky bitterness that hits you a little early in the flavor profile, that fades a bit for the finish, which is also odd. The finish is rather mixed and it is hard to nail down anything that stands out about it. The bitterness seems to win out in the end, but there is alcohol, yeasty notes, malt, and all the by-products of the same all contributing something to the finish. As the beer warms up some, there is a honey character coming out along with some citrusy hops that were completely masked in the beginning.

Opinion: Well, this is one of the more intriguing beers I have had from Flying Dog. It is an unusual mix of a lot of things. That said, it doesn't really do it all very well as the flavors and aromas seem to not really get along all that well. Perhaps if there was a sour component to it as well, that would make it world class, to bring it more on the Saison side of things, which is more like what this beer really is...but stronger than most. This is one of the better beers I have had from Flying Dog, so I wouldn't mind trying it again on draft or something, but this wouldn't be a beer that I would buy regularly...but I bet it would be absolutely excellent mixed with Girardin 1800 Gueuze with about 20-25% gueuze. That dry lemony tart thing would probably really compliment this beer nicely. Either way, this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottle
A - hazy gold with short lived small head.
S - lots of hoppy citrus and a little belgian yeast. Maybe a spice as well.
T - bitter hops nearly overpower the small yeast tastes. Alcohol is present at detectable levels as well as some undefined spice.
M - creamy but with a little harshness.
D - It would probably exhaust the palate but by that time the alcohol would do away with the need for taste!

It's an IPA variant that doesn't really acheive any significant Belgian content. I'm not sure why people rave over this one. Maybe it's the hop appeal? If you want a derivative IPA then try it.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass...

APPEARANCE

Dark orange-red color. Had a small (1 pinky) slightly off-white head which dissipated fast.

AROMA

There was a good amount of citrus hops as well as sweetness. There was a slight wheat aroma, as well as a little bit of spice (cloves maybe). It had that "Belgian" smell with a good amount of hoppiness.

TASTE

Like the nose, this beer had a good amount of citrus hops, and that Belgian taste - wheat and slightly yeasty. I am not normally a fan of the yeast tastes in my beer, but this one complimented the other flavors pretty well. There was just a little bit of the alcohol taste towards the end.

MOUTHFEEL

It had a fairly light, dry body. There was a good amount of warming from the alcohol. The drinkability was average, especially considering how light/dry it was.

OVERALL

I wouldn't call this Bitch "Raging", but overall not a bad beer. Not my favorite beer in the world, but certainly worth drinking. Plus, it's a good conversation starter to be drinking anything called "Raging Bitch"!

Photo of rarbring
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy dark amber, an off-white firm head with lacing. Curtains.

Smelling of caramel, tropical fruits, banana, grape-fruit and yeast.

The taste is upfront sweet, toffee, grape-fruit, mango, a bit spicy, and a liqueur aroma..

Medium carbonation, a soft texture and heavy body, complex,..

A really nice IPA, well balanced, well hopped.

Photo of BigDRS
2.08/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a copper color with about a finger worth of head. Slowly disappears and leaves a slight coating of head on top. Decent lace.

S - I get a really strong ginger taste. I hate ginger tasting beer, so we're not off to a good start. Other random spice notes come across, but I can't pick out anything else individually as the ginger over powers everything.

T - Loads of ginger comes across. As it goes down other spice notes and some sweetness emerges, but then gives way to more ginger as the beer goes down my throat. Not really that hoppy. Others have remarked on floral notes ... I get none.

M - Mild carbonation, relatively creamy.

O - A huge disappointment for me. The ginger is a real turn off. If ginger and tons of spice is your thing though, give it a shot.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into chalice. from bottle.

a: dark amber/copper color with a minimal amount of head, but amazingly creamy and sticky lacing that makes this beer look really great.

s: has that fruity bready malt and yeast scent that i'm used to belgians having. slight whiffs of alcohol and citrusy hops, but the hops are definitely subdued in the smell.

t: spicy and hoppy. kind of an unexpected twist that with all the maltiness coming through in the smell, less than half of it makes it to the palette. still pretty good but doesn't seem to have the belgian taste i wanted it to have. it tastes to me, more like a hopped up hefeweizen.

m/o: very drinkable, a little dry in the finish, but i expect that from an 8.3% beer. all in all not a bad beer, plenty i would prefer over this though.

Photo of rpardon7
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright golden amber with a sticky one finger bright white head. Smell upfront was fruity citrus hops with some bready or buscuity notes from the malt with a touch of that fruity belgian yeast smell. Taste was more than I expected crisp and fruity upfront with hops but softens in a nice buscuity malt with yeast and fruity twangs from the yeast with a crisp finish with a slight hint of the abv coming through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and balanced with a good body. Overall I was happy with this purchase haven't been a huge flying dog fan but this beer was crafted very nicely!

Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/18/11.

A - Clear gold-toned copper orange liquid with a finger's worth of sturdy white foam on top and plenty of active carbonation bubbles racing throughout the body. Head retained quite well and deposited lots of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Bright citric hops and spicy Belgian yeast combine nicely here, giving the aroma a bold hop character but with a spicy flair suggesting notes of pepper and clove. Malt character is grainy, although the hops and yeast are really at the forefront here.

T - I was anticipating this to be more on the Belgian side of the spectrum, but you know what? Raging Bitch boasts a decisively hoppy flavor that is bursting with citrus fruit and, to a lesser degree, floral notes. The yeast adds a pleasant spicy bite to counter the assertive hop bill in the backend, then trails off a bit to finish with a grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a light syrupy texture with some residul oiliness from the hops. Finishes with moderate bitterness some spiciness on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this way more than I'd hoped. Raging Bitch is easily one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had thus far. Great stuff!

Photo of homersimpson67
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting Belgian style IPA, kind of the best of both worlds. My 2 favorite types of beers rolled into one. At first I wasn't sure about this one but I find myself going back to it time and time again.
The appearance is a lovely golden copper with a good 2 fingers of foam. Nice even lacing along the sides of my Duvel tulip.
The smell is outstanding, very inviting somewhat pungeant floral and fermentation that you get with those awesome belgians, it has that.
The taste is very unique and enjoyable, sort of that belgian malt/yeast thing at the front end, then an instant bitter hoppiness as it washer down the back side. very nice!
Feels somewhat heavy, sweet but tasty.
One of my favorites, probably not a good summer beer but in this crappy Minnesota weather just a couple of these at over 8%abv and you become warm very quickly!

Photo of jthomp000
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper color with a thin layer of head.

Smell - The hop smell is fantastic from the time I opened the bottle.

Taste - The hops went away under the taste of a variety of spices.

Mouthfeel - Ligth carbonation tickled the tongue

Overall - Very good and highly enjoyable. I have yet to be disappointed from a Flying Dog brew as of yet!

Photo of vandemonian
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Raging Bitch is more of a slightly hoppy Belgian than a Belgian IPA. The spiciness is kinda overpowering.

A: Amber orange colour and 4 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Hoppiness with Belgian yeast. 4

T: There is a slight hoppiness but mostly spice flavours. The clove flavour becomes even stronger as it swishes around your mouth. 4

M: Thick and foamy.

O: This is a nice beer, but I find the spices a little overpowering.

Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe, clear copper. Smooth pour nets a two finger white head that settles slowly into a nice layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Tangerine, other citrus and pine backing from the hops. Yeast adds notes of clove, white pepper and orange peel. A little funky and sweet, taffy come to mind.

Malt profile is a little thin and grainy but allows the spices and yeast to shine through before the hops arrive. Cloves, tangerine peel, and some banana all surface before a cleansing bitter finish supplied by piney and lightly citrus hops. The after taste is lingering bitterness and slightly tart.

Bright and stinging carbonation, perhaps a little overdone. Malt bill makes this seem slightly thin on the body through out the drink and alcohol rears it's head in a few spots. I wish this could finish a bit more bitter and dry and less fruity and tart.

Well this was quite a nice introduction to the style in my opinion witbeer Belgian spices with IPA bitterness and hops make for a very refreshing combination. I think I would prefer this over a saison or witbeer in the summer, just so I could get my hop kick. Filtration helped this beer achieve great bold flavor but lacks in the mouthfeel a bit.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange w/ a off white two finger head that lingers a few minutes. Decent, but not great carbonation. Good lacing on the glass

S- I get a lot of orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit, w/ a touch of malt and hops thrown in. The sweet smell is definitely in the forefront here. It's a nice smelling beer... almost too nice.

T- Hmm.. Interesting. This is unlike any IPA I've had. Very unique, in a good way. I don't get much bitterness except in the aftertaste. The fruit and malt take most of the taste here. Very smooth, and very drinkable. All the smells make their presence known here except the pineapple. Very sweet beer, but not overly so. Nice.

M- Very smooth and sweet. A little on the light side feel-wise. Goes down very easily. I'd never guess this is a 8.3% beer. I'd guess 6-7%. The feel definitely has a beginning, middle and end, and all the flavors are very well balanced.

O- This isn't my favorite IPA/DIPA, but it's a good one. It's a local brewery for me too, so I'm glad I tried this one. Very economical for a six pack of this beer. I'll definitely pick it up and enjoy it again.

Photo of bpw28
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice Two Finger creamy white head, Orange (About an 11 on SRM Chart), Awesome lacing

Nose: Massive Tangerine, Earthy (like mary jane to be honest, only not the skunky part. Oddly a really nice thing. No doubt the belgian yeast playing it's role here.), Spice, Honey, Pine, Sage, Light Roast, Yeasty, Woody

Taste: Citrus, Light Roast, Earthy, Creamy, Biscuity, Yeasty, Wood, Honey, Nutmeg, Nice Hop Bite, Full mouth feel, Nice balance

Final Thoughts: Wow. This is an amazing beer. It hits everything just right. I can't really say much more then Flying Dog did an amazing belgian style IPA. It's like a DFH 60 Min IPA meets Belgian Yeast and they did it perfectly. I saw the brothers weren't impressed, and Im suprised but everyone has different tastes/conditions. One of my favorites now.

Food Pairing: Spicy Foods, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Fish, Green Vegetables, Medium Cheeses (goat cheese, aged chedder), Tofu, Soy Products, Potatoes, Pasta.

Photo of CASK1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium-dark amber, with some haze. A solid off-white head has good retention and left lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Complex aroma of dominant citrusy hops, with some earthy and floral thrown in. A low piney, woody hop aroma is also evident. A low peppery yeast character was noticeable, but subtle.

A complex hop flavor and bitterness dominates this beer. A spicy, citrusy, floral hop flavor, with a bitterness that takes over mid-swallow and lingers into the finish. The Belgian yeast character is noticeable throughout, mostly as peppery and clove phenolics, with some pear-like ester thrown in for good measure. There is a lightly toasty malt sweetness in support of the hops, but the malt remains in the background.

Medium body, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel until the dry, hoppy finish takes over. Medium-high carbonation works well in this beer.

Overall, a bold example of an emerging style. Very good, but not my favorite example of the style. If you like this, try Flying Fish Exit 4 (one of my favorites).

Photo of vtblackdog
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is of a deeper golden color ... very nice.

As far as smell, I get the belgian yeast first and then some decent hop aroma. I'm not the greatest fan of the belgian style but then a juicy fruity nose.

Again the taste mirrors the smell but the hops come quickly after the belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but respectable.

Overall the beer is just above average for me.

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this for an attempt at it. I haven't had the best of luck with Flying Dog, but I'll give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 4/9/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty solid orange/coppery color and starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger white creamy head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice big pillow swaths of lacing form on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dwindles to a full, but very uneven cap with a really thick merengue-like ring around the surface.

Smell: Quite nice -- strong Belgian yeastiness with a bit of banana and spiciness, like clove; toasty graininess and a touch of bitter hop with a bit of a citric tinge to it. Nose is quite strong and robust.

Taste: Alright, I may become a believer after this one -- lots of the Belgian yeastiness right up front and it's got a hint of banana esters to it, and plenty of the Belgian spiciness that is definitely a bit peppery; a fair amount of hoppiness resides in this one as well, and it's definitely lemony and citric in nature. Definitely heavier on the Belgian side of things, but I'm OK with that since there are so many other great IPAs that it's pretty refreshing. Just a touch of alcohol in the back, but at over 8%, not to be unexpected.

Mouthfeel: body is between light and medium, just about dead center, I would say; carbonation is potent, but comes across as creamy in the body; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; belly is left a touch warm from the acidity and ABV, but pretty enjoyable overall.

Overall: This is a solid beer and well worth picking up. I'm kind of bummed now that I waited this long to try it, as it doesn't disappoint. Great nose, solid flavors, enjoyable mouthfeel, this beer's got just about everything going for it.

Photo of Pecafaced
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a nice copper/amber color and produced almost two finger width of foamy white head.

S- The aroma was quite impressive. Initially sweet smelling but the citrus and floral hop aroma quickly took over. There were some mild hints of clove due to the yeast strain.

T- Great flavor in my opinion. It had a lot of citrus notes. The finish was impressive as well leaving a lingering hops flavor on the back of your tongue.

M- Great mouth feel. Very full bodied beer! Nice carbonation for the style.

O- Great beer IMO. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great IPA. This is one of the better beers produced by Flying Dog.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Brennans Market

Appearance: The pour is a very clear amber and bronze orange color with a finger of head. The head retention is moderate, with that last layer sticking around for a few minutes forming a creamy, dense layer on top. A good amount of lace covers the side of the glass, and the beer is quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose on this is lovely, one of the best for a Belgian IPA in my experience. Some earthy and citrus hops are definitely to be found, along with some nice spice from the yeast. Some grainy aromas come out from the malt profile.

Taste: The tasting starts out mildy sweet with some spice notes like clove and pepper. The bitterness starts to come in, as well as the remaining hop profile which brings some tangerine and grapefruit flavor. A nice, light pale malt sits in the background throughout the tasting upholding the beer. This beer is actually carrying out the IPA aspect of the name, with the hops getting put in the front seat along with the Belgian qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and the carbonation is rather aggressive. For me, letting it sit for thirty minutes made it near perfect.

Photo of richkrull
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up at my local store based on what I had read here on BA and just the novelty of the name in general.

Poured a nice orangish amber color with a bit of off-white head on it. Smell was full of hops with some citrus notes and yeast as well. Taste was pretty incredible. Very balanced medium bodied beer. Good citrus malt flavor. Not quite as hoppy as I expected. All in all, I loved this beer. The name and label are creative and appealing and the taste really backed it up. Hope to pick this up again soon.

Photo of TheSignPost
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey. both in color and in flavor. Not like orange life savers, but more of an orange zest kind of flavor. Pretty strong too, so that's a good thing. This was a nice surprise. I actually got it because of the silly name, but I liked it too. So that's a good thing.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I had no idea that the beer I had a pint of last week had such a profane name! The bartender just said it was "Flying Dog's Belgian IPA"--which was good enough for me to order a pint. I wonder if he felt embarrassed calling it by its name, and I wonder how many stores would hesitate putting this on its shelves for the same reason. I just don't see the wisdom in Flying Dog giving it such a controversial title. Surely something else could just as effectively convey something about this beer's intensity.

THE BODY of this one is honey-colored and/or pale bronze. It is clear with no sediment at the bottom, and nice, thick white foam + lacing at the top.

THE SMELL is good, though it just smells like a good IPA to me and had nothing "Belgian" per se. Overall, it is sweet and floral with aromas of hops and strawberry.

THE TASTE is pretty interesting and I could instantly tell why they would call this a "Belgian-Style IPA": the Belgian yeast is intense! In fact it is the first taste to hit you, followed by sweet and then bitter hops. It has a lingering sourness that competes with the Belgian yeast danceing all over the mouth from the first sip. I would say that this tastes like a trippel and a big American IPA mixed together. Very creative stuff.

THE FEEL is pretty nice with an overall dryness yet a slightly wet, snappy finish. It has a medium-light consistency to it. It is very alcoholic but not overwhelming.

CONCLUSION: A very creative, well-made beer. Although I do agree with another reviewer who felt this was nothing more than an American double/imperial IPA which used Belgian yeast. Do the Belgians really like their beers this hoppy? I kinda doubt it. This is American to the core. I suppose Flying Dog simply used "Belgian" in the title for lack of a better word. Regardless, it's interesting and worth trying if you like IPA's or trippels.

Photo of harveystarr
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm learning that I tend to rate beers I enjoy high, but then again, it's cuz I enjoyed it. This was a surprise. Being such a high ABV, I went in thinking it would be out of my league. The pour was near beautiful, with a bright, rich orange, with a frothy, albeit short lived, head. The taste was very nice. The alcohol was subtle, even at 8.3. It was a well balanced and somewhat complex beer, with less hop-kick that I would expect in an IPA. That's fine by me, cuz I'm not a real hop-head.

In any event, a pleasant surprise, one in which I won't be caught off guard again. More to come.

Photo of LittleOtts
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle to a pt. It pours a caramel amber color. Not a huge head.

S- Citrusy and yeasty, not much in the way of hops.

T- Either complex hops or just a fruity/spicey yeasts. Biscuity malt on the back.

M- Med bodied and good carbonation

D- Med. When looking for IPA this isn't it. But it's interesting and has great flavor inspired by a belgian style.

Photo of rtepiak
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i didn't think this was that strong now that i look at the information. pour is orange clear with a small head that doesn't look belgian at all. its has a carbonation when agitated. its american in feel though. nose of pine bark, yeasty banana hints, and orange. palate is yeasty and sweet with a earthy huskiness. this makes the beer have one dimension and no broadening ester qualities. i don't like the grain used here. not poorly made but somewhat heavy handed ingredients. not as light as a belgian IPA should feel.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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